Founder of Bikram Yoga Threatens Bankruptcy In Face of Sexual Harassment Verdict Totaling Over $7 Million

By: Timothy Broderick and Katrina Saleen Bikram Chaudhury, founder of Bikram Yoga, was ordered to pay $924,500 in compensatory damages for sexually harassing and retaliating against the attorney working for his company, and another $6.47 million in punitive damages. The plaintiff, Minakshi Jafa-Bodden, alleged that Chaudhury sexually harassed her when she worked for him and that  Read More …

Pregnancy discrimination case against AutoZone results in $185M verdict

Federal jury in San Diego awarded nearly $186 million in punitive damages to a store manager at AutoZone after finding that the company retaliated against the pregnant manager, in the end demoting her and firing her. Rosario Juarez, 43, was awarded about $873,000 in compensatory damages and $185 million in punitive damages report Reuters, the Wall Street  Read More …

EEOC’s New Pregnancy Discrimination Guidelines and Fair Employment: Know Your Rights

    Recently, the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed article on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s new guidelines to pregnancy discrimination laws. Suffice to say, the writer of said Wall Street Journal piece found little justification for the new legislation. Instead, he claimed that the new changes were simply another “radical legal interpretation” that  Read More …

Third Party Rights to Bring Retaliation Claims

In the case of Thompson v. North American Stainless, LP, the plaintiff, Thompson, claimed he was fired by his employer in retaliation for his fiancé’s filing of an EEOC complaint against the same employer. On January 24, 2011, the US Supreme Court unanimously held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects a third-party  Read More …

What is Retaliation?

It is illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee who has made a  discrimination or sexual harassment claim, or who has filed a charge with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or who has participated in a sexual harassment investigation as either a complainer or a witness,  Read More …

Duty to Investigate Sexual Harassment Complaints

Employers in California have a duty to take all reasonable steps necessary to prevent discrimination and harassment from occurring. Cal. Gov. Code § 12940 (k). As part of this statutory duty, employers must take immediate and appropriate corrective action to stop sexual harassment. A prompt investigation of a sexual harassment claim is a necessary step  Read More …